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Definition of doping

: the use of a substance (such as an anabolic steroid or erythropoietin) or technique (such as blood doping) to illegally improve athletic performance

Examples of doping in a Sentence

increased efforts to detect doping at the Olympic Games
Recent Examples on the Web No Oregon Project athlete has been accused of doping, nor failed a drug test. oregonlive, "World track champion Donavan Brazier is putting it all together in Portland," 27 Mar. 2020 Jarrion Lawson waged a long, hard fight to clear his name after a doping suspension. oregonlive, "Despite the coronavirus, some sort of 2020 outdoor season remains on the table: Oregon track & field rundown," 10 Apr. 2020 Blood doping to heighten performance is forbidden in professional sports. Priyanka Runwal, Scientific American, "Antarctic Fish Is a Blood Doping Champion," 30 Mar. 2020 American tennis player Abigail Spears was handed a 22-month doping ban on Wednesday after a positive test from last year’s U.S. Open., "BU beats Army, wins fourth straight," 6 Feb. 2020 Russia was banned from major sporting competitions for a period of four years, which will cover next year’s Olympics, after revelations that it had hacked and faked medical records dealing with doping. The Economist, "Politics this week," 12 Dec. 2019 For too long, Russian doping has detracted from clean sport. Claudia Harmata,, "Russia Banned from Global Sports for Four Years, Including 2020 and 2022 Olympics," 9 Dec. 2019 However, the doping watchdog's outgoing vice president was left frustrated by an unwillingness to fully expel Russia from the Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Beijing Winter Games. Graham Dunbar, Anchorage Daily News, "Russia banned from next two Olympics for doping violations," 9 Dec. 2019 The decision to appeal has been stripped from RUSADA chief executive Yuri Ganus, an independent figure criticizing Russian authorities’ conduct on the doping data issue. Graham Dunbar,, "World Anti-Doping Agency bans Russia from major sporting events for 4 years, including Tokyo Olympics," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of doping

1900, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2020

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“Doping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of doping

: the illegal use of a drug (such as a steroid) to improve an athlete's performance


dop·​ing | \ ˈdō-piŋ How to pronounce doping (audio) \

Medical Definition of doping

: the use of a substance (such as an anabolic steroid or erythropoietin) or technique (such as blood doping) to improve athletic performance and that is typically banned in competitive sports … nearly two dozen athletes … have been banned from the Olympics in the last two weeks for doping violations.— Philip Hersh, The Chicago Tribune, 8 Aug. 2008

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